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Now updated with link to full video: No apologies from Romney

Mitt Romney is offering no apologies after a video surfaced of the Republican presidential candidate saying that 47 per cent of Americans will vote for Obama no matter what.


 

Mitt Romney is offering no apologies after a video surfaced of the Republican presidential candidate saying that 47 per cent of Americans will vote for Obama no matter what, “47 per cent who are with him, who are dependent upon government.”

Romney said Monday evening that while his comments weren’t “elegantly stated,” they showed the difference between Obama’s government-guided society, and his belief in the free market.

Mother Jones obtained the video from a YouTube uploader who had put the video up months ago. They released the original just hours after Romney’s campaign outlined a new strategy for its struggling campaign.

In the video, Romney states:

“There are 47 per cent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 per cent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Romney has called for a release of the full video, and not just the clips available online.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Mother Jones released the full video.

 

 


 
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Now updated with link to full video: No apologies from Romney

  1. Romney is probably not far off the mark when he says that “There are 47% of the people who will vote for Obama, no matter what.”

    After that, though, Romney’s math is suspect.

    • Funny, the latest Gallup poll shows Romney’s math is quite good.

      The polling period is from September 11…i.e. the first day of polling includes Romney’s widely panned remarks criticizing Obama’s response to the Libya crisis.

      Waiting very anxiously for some media type to tell me all about that awkward moment when Romney’s comments are so “disastrous” to his
      campaign they cause Obama to lose 6 pts in the Gallup poll in 7 days.

      • I was more referring to his idea that the 47% of ‘locked in’ Obama supporters are either dependent upon government, or believe that government has a responsibility to care for them and so on, and that those people don’t believe in personal responsibility.

        That strikes me as a gross mis-characterization, which he is, obviously, free to make if he wants to. And it also seems sad that he is prepared to not worry about such a large slice of the American populace.

        I hadn’t read about those Gallup numbers…interesting, but there is still quite a way to go.

        • Well, here’s a prime example of a 47 percenter right here. From March 2012. He handled her pretty much the same way. In public no less. “You want free stuff? Go vote for the other guy”.

          Do you think he ever has a chance to reach someone like that?

          • Well, he could make free birth control part of his platform…;-)
            But beyond that, what do we really know? As it relates to the 46.4% group, you and I might suspect that she pays no income tax, but maybe she does. And what about other ‘hot button’ issues – maybe she’s a gun afficianado [edit] (which might make her more accessible to Romney).
            Setting all those ‘what-ifs’ aside, I accept that you have identified one Romney ‘lost cause’.
            So let me ask you, do you think that the other 100 million or so folks that make up the 47% group are all like her?

          • I think the tax number is probably a bit of a red herring. This gallup poll has about 40% who think the government doesn’t do enough and should do more.

            Given how big the nanny state is already, I think that 40% is essentially the group that is truly unreachable by Romney.

          • Thanks for that link. Very interesting!

            Near the bottom there was a chart that broke out the “Should Do More”/”Should Do Less”/”About Right” groups by political affiliation. Pretty clear that “Should Do More” Democrats outnumber “Should Do More” Republicans (assuming Democrats and Republicans are essentially equally represented in the initial sample). Nevertheless, there ARE Republicans in that 40% of folks who are characterized as wanting the government to do more.

            And as much as I do enjoy perusing stuff like the Gallup poll, it doesn’t really tell the whole story, I think. If we could dig a bit deeper, what is it that folks really want? For example, maybe a lot of people (Dems and Reps alike) want their children to be able to get good jobs by the time they are 25. The disagreement, of course, is how to achieve that, and probably both parties have something useful to contribute to making that happen. That kind of nuance is lost in these statistics.

            And don’t get me wrong, I’m not discounting statistics at all, it’s just that they are only a useful tool – by themselves statistics rarely provide “The Answer”.

            Btw, the other graph that I chuckled about was the graph that charts “The Government Has Too Much Power” for Democrats and Republicans over the last 10 years or so – nice (inverse) correlation with party that has the presidency!

            Thanks again for the link.

      • Really. So you’re of the opinion that 47% of Americans pay no income tax at all?

        Hint: Federal income tax isn’t the only tax out there.

          • And I even gave you a hint.. so sad..

  2. Yay! Romney is goin down. Romney is gonna lose. GOBAMA!